When I looked back on the month, I had no idea that I had done so much. I love mixing it up with custom work, fused images and custom gifts. I am blessed to have the most rewarding and challenging job where my only problem is not enough hours in the day!
I’ve been busy getting ready for our bi-annual Spring Open House. I thought I’d share some sneak peek photos of the gifty items I’ve been making. I’ll be working on the custom window that I’ve posted and my talented apprentice, Janice Batt, who has made a lot of the abstract suncatchers will be demonstrating as well as helping out this weekend. Hope you can make it!
I made this custom stained glass window for a couple who live near Grand Island, Nebraska – about 2-1/2 hours from my studio in Omaha. During our design consultation, they showed me a picture of a window they liked and I created a custom design inspired by that window specifically for their space.
I love how it turned out with the different clear textures and the bevels. You can see how closely the finished stained glass window compares to the drawing shown above. Having a detailed drawing ahead of time, along with glass samples of what will be used in the finished window, you can get a good idea of how a stained glass window is going to turn out.
Here is the second of two windows I made for my client to give as Christmas gifts. This window was made to reflect her mother’s years of whale watching trips to Hawaii. I designed the whales so that they also looked like ocean waves. The turtle was added as a symbol for Hawaii.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to do the turtle until I found the big jewel in my stash of glass odds and ends. I’ve had that piece for years and have been waiting for the right application for it. I love it when glass objects that I’ve collected finally find a home. I think it’s really fun to see how large jewels can be incorporated into a stained glass window.
There is so much that goes into making a custom stained glass window. For this window, I was contacted in November by a woman who wanted to give stained glass windows to her mother and mother-in-law for Christmas gifts. People generally don’t understand the amount of time that goes into making a stained glass window, so the first thing I did was to tell her that unfortunately, I couldn’t get the windows made by Christmas.
I could, however, get the designs done in time for her to give them as gifts on Christmas along with the glass samples that I’d be using. That option worked out great and everyone was happy – and anticipating the finished window even more!
The guidelines I had for the windows were to incorporate daisies and straight lines for the mother-in-law in the first window, and a second window that reflected her mother’s whale watching vacations in Hawaii along with a turtle. I’ll blog about the turtle window next! I love the entire process of making windows, but one of the best parts is the challenge of coming up with a design that reflects the client’s wishes and that has an element or two that I’ve never done in the past. All of my windows are one-of-a-kind!